Dr. Gordon R. Cumming

1929 - 2020

Dr. Cumming passed away on July 18, 2020 at the age of 91.

Dr. Cumming graduated from Royal Roads Naval College in 1947. He then graduated from the Manitoba Medical College in 1953. He completed his residency in Medicine in Winnipeg and a cardiology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He was the Head, Section of Cardiology, Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg, a position he held for 24 years. In 1981, he joined The Great-West Life Assurance Company as Vice-President and Chief Medical Director for 29 years and continued part-time private practice in Cardiology at the Winnipeg Clinic, retiring at the age of 87.

He was a physician for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Football Club and the 1976 Canadian Olympic Team. He played football and hockey through university and provided endless support for his family in their athletic pursuits. He was a member of the Winnipeg Winter Club and St. Charles Country Club. In 2015, he joined his father when inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

As a world-renowned researcher in cardiology and exercise physiology, he published more than 200 scientific papers, including two editorials in Circulation, authored several book chapters and one book; chaired sessions at American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and Canadian Cardiovascular Society meetings, and at the first two World Congresses of Pediatric Cardiology. He was a visiting professor at several university hospitals including hospitals in Australia, Japan, and Europe. His original contributions were many, including his ergometer test of anaerobic threshold which he introduced at the Wingate Institute in Israel. As a teacher, he served on the faculty of seven consecutive Board of Insurance Medicine Triennial Courses and presented at several annual meetings of Canadian Life Insurance Medical Officers Association and American Academy of Insurance Medicine. He was the recipient of several awards; notably the “Teddy” Award for research, presented by Children’s Hospital Research Foundation and the AAIM Distinguished Physician Award.

 

 

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